The Clinic of Medical Oncology is structured in 4 outpatient clinics (Bellinzona, Lugano, Mendrisio, Locarno) and a ward (31 beds at the Bellinzona hospital). About 25 doctors, 80 nurses and 10 secretaries are active in the service. All doctors are trained in general oncology and are generally capable of managing any type of cancer.
Radio-Oncology / Radiotherapy
Scientific and technological developments have enabled radiotherapy to achieve a very high therapeutic index in recent years, especially when combined with surgery, chemotherapy, receptor therapies, immunotherapy and others. To this end, clinical cases are discussed in multidisciplinary tumor-boards, involving the different professionals involved in patient care.
The Haematology Service deals with all blood diseases. The activity is divided into a diagnostic laboratory part (making the correct diagnosis), a clinical part (investigations and treatment of patients with haematological diseases), and research (development and refinement of new therapies
Genetic counselling in oncology is aimed at people who, on the basis of a personal or family history, have a high risk of developing cancer. Tumours are not hereditary diseases, but the predisposition to a disease can be passed on from one generation to another. It is possible, with specialised and multidisciplinary genetic counselling, to identify families with a possible genetic predisposition.
Gruppo carcinoma mammario
Il gruppo carcinoma mammario dello IOSI fa parte del Centro di Senologia della Svizzera Italiana. All’interno dello IOSI il gruppo carcinoma mammario si occupa di stabilire e aggiornare periodicamente le linee guida di trattamento applicate negli ospedali dell'EOC. Lo IOSI fornisce alle pazienti trattamenti integrati moderni, farmaci innovativi e disponibilità di partecipare a studi clinici con nuovi farmaci.
Today's multimodal and interdisciplinary cancer approaches have improved the success of treatments. With an extended life however, is an increase in importance of treatment and disease side effects. New physical, psychological, family and social needs arise, which it is important to recognise and address from the very beginning of the illness.